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By Urvi Gala and Rakesh Gollen

Urvi Gala-finalRakesh GollenThe pharmaceutical profession in general can easily be considered as a stable, virtuous, and lucrative vocation. In fact, for ages it has been regarded as “recession-proof.” Today, with ever-advancing lifespans, the number of associated diseases has also increased, thus creating a surge in demand for not only novel therapeutics but, more importantly, better therapeutics. A Nature article predicts an increase in pharmaceutical funding by 2020 due to the growth seen in public and private sector partnerships. This looming expansion is sure to be a sheer impetus to academic research in drug development. Be it an undergraduate science student looking for some research experience, a master’s student wanting to gain doctoral research knowledge, or a doctoral fellow wanting hands-on experience in drug development skills, everyone is constantly seeking more knowledge. Of course, teaching and mentoring among students with different backgrounds and simultaneously creating better drug delivery systems is implicit.

AAPS provides personal development and career growth resources in specific areas related to pharmaceutical science. AAPS also serves as a helpful resource for professional development by broadcasting training-themed webinars four times a year, organizing numerous mini-sessions at the AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition (AM), creating opportunities for their members to meet and speak with hiring managers from multiple pharmaceutical companies, and even providing in-depth feedback on résumés. At this year’s AM, a plethora of sessions on developing hard and soft skills with a wide range of topics will be highlighted. For details on all of those sessions, please visit the AAPS Career Center page.

If you are an international student, we encourage you to attend a mini-session, “International Students Working in U.S.: How to Improve Soft Skills,” scheduled for Monday, November 3, 10:30 am-11:15 am. If formulation development is of interest to you, please come and join us for a short talk delivered by formulation experts from academia and industry. Various career opportunities available in the formulation development sector, in both academia and industry, will be discussed. The talk, Targeted Drug Delivery and Prodrug Focus Group Membership Meeting, is scheduled for Monday, November 3, from 12:15 pm-1:15 pm.

Take maximum advantage of the upcoming AAPS AM by planning for your career related activities in advance. I hope to see you in San Diego!

Urvi Gala is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Her research focuses on development of solid dispersions and their characterization.
Rakesh Gollen is currently pursuing his Ph.D. from Long Island University, with a major in Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics, under the supervision of Dr. David Taft. His research focus is on the predictions of pharmacokinetic parameters in special population, using the physiologically based pharmacokinetics modeling approach.